Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez take a critical view of the Lions’ 2018 season and this staff, and discuss reasons to believe in 2019, Dec. 31, 2018.
Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press
The relationship between the Pittsburgh Steelers and star wide receiver Antonio Brown seems to be crumbling faster than our Michigan roads.
Brown seemed to all but quit on his team in the final week of the season, culminating in his Joe Namath-like mink coat appearance on the sideline against the Bengals in the finale, followed by leaving his teammates behind at halftime of that game.
It’s hard to tell if the four-time All-Pro has spoken with coach Mike Tomlin or any Steelers higher-ups since. Team owner Art Rooney II said recently it would be “hard to envision” Brown returning for training camp and the 2019 season.
And so, it would seem that Brown is available for a trade.
But to what team?
Our Dave Birkett wrote last week that if he was indeed available, the Detroit Lions should try to get Brown.
And now, one oddsmaker agrees. MyBookie Sportsbook has posted odds for teams to acquire the elite wide receiver, and after the Falcons at 4-to-1, the Lions and Jets are tied at 5-to-1. The Raiders and Colts (both 6-to-1) round out the top five.
As Birkett wrote, Brown would instantly upgrade the Lions’ pass attack: he had 15 touchdown catches this season while Detroit totaled 16 TD grabs.
And it would be a bit of a homecoming for Brown, who starred at Central Michigan before being drafted in the sixth round in 2010.
On the other hand: if Brown can’t keep things together in Pittsburgh, likely one of the most stable franchises in the NFL with a Super Bowl-winning head coach, what will he do with the Lions, in the midst of a rebuild-on-the-fly with an unproven head coach and general manager?
So, Lions fans: do you want the team to trade for Brown or is he not worth the risk?